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Profiles/Reports

Closing the Virtual IO Management Gap

Assuring Service Throughout the Data Center with Infrastructure Performance Management

There is a significant and potentially costly management gap in virtualized server environments that rely solely on hypervisor-centric solutions. As organizations virtualize more of their mission-critical applications, they are discovering that the virtual versions of these apps continue to depend on the rock-solid storage availability and top-notch IO performance they had when physically hosted. Assuring great service to virtualized clients still requires deep performance management capabilities along the whole IO infrastructure path down to and including shared storage resources.

Cohesive hypervisor management solutions like VMware’s vCenter Operations Management Suite provide a significant advantage to virtual administration by centralizing and simplifying many traditionally disparate management tasks. However, there is a significant management blind spot in the view of end-to-end IO infrastructure when looking at it from the native virtual server perspective. Enterprises relying more and more on virtualized IT delivery need to address this natural management gap with Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM). A lack of robust IPM will degrade or even prevent the deployment of critical applications into a virtual environment – at best losing out on the benefits of virtualization and the opportunities for cloud, at worst causing severe degradation and service outages for all applications sharing the same virtual infrastructure pools.

In this paper we review the virtual performance management landscape and the management strengths of the most well-known hypervisor management solution – VMware’s vCenter Operations Suite - to understand why both the market perception and resulting admin reliance on it is so high. We look at how that reliance overlooks a critical gap for IO and storage, and what the implications of that blind spot are for ensuring total performance. Finally, we examine how the unique IO-centric capabilities of Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom close that gap by correlating complete IO path monitoring with both physical and virtual infrastructure, and how by using VirtualWisdom with vCenter Ops one can achieve a complete end-to-end picture that enables mission-critical applications to be successfully virtualized.
 

Publish date: 08/30/12
Profiles/Reports

Storage Infrastructure Performance Validation

Unacceptably poor performance can be a career killer and so IT generally “over-provisions” infrastructure as the rule. But how much is this approach really costing us? Today, the biggest line item in IT infrastructure spending is storage.  Even with data growth and new performance demands increasing, based on “safe” estimates we still overprovision by 50% or more which results in billions of dollars of wasted storage spending. A more important problem is that we may not be even be provisioning the right infrastructure for our application workload requirements, taking serious risks with every new investment.

Equally vital is knowing when to upgrade or refresh. Looking forward, how can anyone know when their current infrastructure will hit its inevitable “wall”? In day-to-day operations, every time a change is made to storage infrastructure, the application or the network, that change could be introducing a deeply rooted problem that might only show up under production pressure. Why do enterprises seem to proceed blindly, willingly rolling the dice when it comes to performance? Here at Taneja Group, we see an obvious correlation between risk of failure and lack of knowledge about how infrastructure responds to each application workload.

Unfortunately, enterprises too often rely on vendor benchmarks produced under ideal conditions with carefully crafted workloads that don’t reflect the real target environment. Or they might choose readily scalable systems so that in times of trouble they can always buy and deploy more resources, although this can be highly disruptive and expensive when buying on a short notice. They might architect for large virtual and cloud environments in an attempt to average out utilization and pool excess capacity for peak demand, but still without knowing how performance will degrade at the upper reaches of VM density. In contrast, we believe that IT managers must evolve from a perspective of assuming performance, to one of assuring performance.

Typical testing approaches usually involve generating workloads with heavily scripted servers used as load generators. This is an expensive, unreliable, brute force approach, only trotted out when sufficient staff, time and money is available to execute a large-scale performance evaluation. But Load DynamiX has changed that equation for storage, evolving workload modeling and performance load testing into a cost-efficient and practical continuous process. We think that Load DynamiX’s solution supports the adoption of a new best practice of proactively managing infrastructure from a position of knowledge called Infrastructure Performance Validation (IPV). 

In this report we will look at Load DynamiX’s workload modeling software and storage performance validation appliances, and walk through how IT can use them to establish effective IPV practices across the entire IT infrastructure lifecycle. We’ll examine why existing approaches to storage performance evaluation fall short and why we believe that successful storage deployments require a detailed understanding of application workload behavior. We’ll briefly review Load DynamiX’s solution to see how it addresses these challenges and uniquely enables broad adoption of IPV to the benefit of both the business and IT. We’ll look at how Load DynamiX generates accurate workload models for storage testing, a key IPV capability, and how limit testing and “what if” scenarios can be run, analyzed, and communicated for high impact. Finally, we’ll look at a range of validation scenarios, and how Load DynamiX can be leveraged to reduce risk, assure performance, and lower IT costs.

Publish date: 12/02/13
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5 Tips for Working with the Scale Computing HC3 Hyperconvergence Appliance

Is this all-in-one virtualization box a good choice for an SMB?

  • Premiered: 10/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA HC3 TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Datacenter TBA Infrastructure TBA Infrastructure Performance
Profiles/Reports

What Admins Choose For Performance Management: Galileo's Cross-Domain Insight Served via Cloud

Every large IT shop has a long shelf of performance management solutions ranging from big platform bundles bought from legacy vendors, through general purpose log aggregators and event consoles, to a host of device-specific element managers. Despite the invested costs of acquiring, installing, supporting, and learning these often complex tools, only a few of them are in active daily use. Most are used only reactively and many just gather dust for a number of reasons. But, if only because of the ongoing costs of keeping management tools current, it’s only the solutions that get used that are worth having.

When it comes to picking which tool to use day-to-day, it’s not the theory of what it could do, it’s the actual value of what it does for the busy admin trying to focus on the tasks at-hand. And among the myriad of things an admin is responsible for, assuring performance requires the most management solution support. Performance related tasks include checking on the health of resources that the admin is responsible for, improving utilization, finding lurking or trending issues to attend to in order to head off disastrous problems later, working with other IT folks to diagnose and isolate service impacting issues, planning new activities, and communicating relevant insight to others – in IT, the broader business, and even to external stakeholders.

Admins responsible for infrastructure, when faced with these tasks, have huge challenges in large, heterogeneous, complex environments. While vendor-specific device and element managers drill into each piece of equipment, they help mostly with easily identifiable component failure. Both daily operational status and difficult infrastructure challenges involve looking across so-called IT domains (i.e. servers and storage) for thorny performance impacting trends or problems. The issue with larger platform tools is that they require a significant amount of installation, training, ongoing tool support, and data management that all detract from the time an admin can actually spend on primary responsibilities.

There is room for a new style of system management that is agile, insightful and empowering, and we think Galileo presents just such a compelling new approach. In this report we’ll explore some of the IT admin’s common performance challenges and then examine how Galileo Performance Explorer with its cloud-hosted collection and analysis helps conquer them. We’ll look at how Performance Explorer crosses IT domains to increase insight, easily implements and scales, fosters communication, and focuses on and enables the infrastructure admin to achieve daily operational excellence. We’ll also present a couple of real customer interviews in which, despite sunk costs in other solutions, adding Galileo to the data center quickly improved IT utilization, capacity planning, and the service levels delivered back to the business.

Publish date: 10/29/14
Profiles/Reports

Free Report: Galileo's Cross-Domain Insight Served via Cloud

Every large IT shop has a long shelf of performance management solutions ranging from big platform bundles bought from legacy vendors, through general purpose log aggregators and event consoles, to a host of device-specific element managers. Despite the invested costs of acquiring, installing, supporting, and learning these often complex tools, only a few of them are in active daily use. Most are used only reactively and many just gather dust for a number of reasons. But, if only because of the ongoing costs of keeping management tools current, it’s only the solutions that get used that are worth having.

When it comes to picking which tool to use day-to-day, it’s not the theory of what it could do, it’s the actual value of what it does for the busy admin trying to focus on the tasks at-hand. And among the myriad of things an admin is responsible for, assuring performance requires the most management solution support. Performance related tasks include checking on the health of resources that the admin is responsible for, improving utilization, finding lurking or trending issues to attend to in order to head off disastrous problems later, working with other IT folks to diagnose and isolate service impacting issues, planning new activities, and communicating relevant insight to others – in IT, the broader business, and even to external stakeholders.

Admins responsible for infrastructure, when faced with these tasks, have huge challenges in large, heterogeneous, complex environments. While vendor-specific device and element managers drill into each piece of equipment, they help mostly with easily identifiable component failure. Both daily operational status and difficult infrastructure challenges involve looking across so-called IT domains (i.e. servers and storage) for thorny performance impacting trends or problems. The issue with larger platform tools is that they require a significant amount of installation, training, ongoing tool support, and data management that all detract from the time an admin can actually spend on primary responsibilities.

There is room for a new style of system management that is agile, insightful and empowering, and we think Galileo presents just such a compelling new approach. In this report we’ll explore some of the IT admin’s common performance challenges and then examine how Galileo Performance Explorer with its cloud-hosted collection and analysis helps conquer them. We’ll look at how Performance Explorer crosses IT domains to increase insight, easily implements and scales, fosters communication, and focuses on and enables the infrastructure admin to achieve daily operational excellence. We’ll also present a couple of real customer interviews in which, despite sunk costs in other solutions, adding Galileo to the data center quickly improved IT utilization, capacity planning, and the service levels delivered back to the business.

Publish date: 01/01/15
Resources

Solving Today's Top 5 Performance Management Issues

Real-World Solutions to Help CIOs & IT Management Sleep Better

As IT pros who have been in your shoes, we know what keeps you up at night.

CIOs and IT managers today must focus not only on being transformational for their businesses, but also monitor technical performance issues that could bring businesses to their knees.

We understand the constant pressure to focus on larger, "more pressing" issues like cost-cutting, consolidation, outsourcing, research, and implementation of new technology for competitive advantage. And we know that it's not hard for the common day-to-day performance and user experience headaches caused by any data center environment to be lost in the mix.

Join us for a dynamic, "from the trenches" executive overview as we discuss how you can manage these business-critical responsibilities by optimizing infrastructure performance management. Our presenters have decades of experience managing IT data center problems and solutions, and will share best practices to help you and your team sleep better.

  • Premiered: 09/16/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett, Taneja Group; Tim Conley, Galileo; Chris Churchey, Galileo
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Galileo Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Mike Matchett Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): IT Management Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Performance Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Infrastructure Performance Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Optimization
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Galileo Launches Infrastructure Performance Management Webinar Series with Leading Analyst Firm

Taneja Group joins product innovators for first quarterly event on September 16 to share ‘from the trenches’ advice and expertise.

  • Premiered: 09/01/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PRWeb
Topic(s): TBA Galileo TBA Performance Management TBA Performance TBA Infrastructure Performance TBA Infrastructure Performance Management TBA ATS Group TBA Cloud TBA IPM TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Big Data TBA Chris Churchey TBA Tim Conley TBA Hybrid TBA Optimization
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Galileo Launches New IT Intelligence Dashboards to Help IT Executives and Administrators

Users Discover Insights into Entire IT Environment, Predict IT Problems, and Prevent Downtime with Enterprise and Alerting Dashboards.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Benzinga
Topic(s): TBA Galileo TBA ATS Group TBA IPM TBA Infrastructure Performance Management TBA Infrastructure Performance TBA Performance TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Mike Matchett TBA Capacity TBA utilization TBA Data Center